Steve Salter


What can I say, lover of all things outdoor, mountain biking, golf, climbing, walking and most of all jumping into the Ardeche River from a great height. I've lived on the Isle of Man for most of my life apart from the time I spent working in Ghana for two years as the head of a woodwork department at a rehabilitation centre for young people with physical disabilities. This was possibly one of the best things I ever did and I would suggest it's something everyone should have a go at if you get the chance.
I've had my ups and downs like most people have in life but with me, most of the downs have been self inflicted. I have had several periods in my life where I have almost lost everything including my family. I've also had some highs with the common thread that I've been in control each time.
I'm a bit like Frank Rooney in that I have an addictive gene running through my body and it doesn't matter what it is that I'm doing it will takeover my life if I don't show a bit of self control. I guess we all need to do that if we are to get on in life.
If anything the older I'm getting the more crazy I get and the more I want to live life to the full, live for the now and not to dwell on all those past mistakes, to learn from them and improve. That's a bit like writing in many ways. The amount of times I've written something down and then changed it, gone back to it and changed it and then reverted back to the original. Oh god how we strive to be the best and if we keep striving to be the best eventually may be one day we can be the best we can be. If that's still not good enough then at least you're the best you will be.
I love life to the full sometimes too much but nobody could ever accuse me of being miserable. I want my kids to be whatever they want to be as long as they're the best they can be at it. World peace would be nice but isn't going to happen with so many nutters running around the streets killing each other in the name of religion. Grab the moment if you don't grab it, him or her you might regret it for the rest of your life. I'm a big fan of meditation and mindfulness and would encourage anybody out there to give it a go. Unless you try it you'll never know, putting it simply live for the moment and take control of what you can control. Imagine the scenario two souls with electricity, chemistry and magnetism pulling them together one soul wants to tell the other one how much they love the other one. He or she knows how they feel, they're in control of their own thoughts, total control. They're scared though of the reaction they might get from the other soul. A reaction they have no control over. The words are never said and that soul goes through life never knowing. The other soul is the same, but is also scared to say those words, all because they have fear, a fear of not knowing. Here's the perfect conclusion..... just say it, what have they got to lose. What's the worst case scenario? You won't get shot for saying I love you, and this is what we all need more of. Every day smile, be nice, be positive, negativity does not achieve anything and positivity attracts. Be kind, be confident but not cocky, be happy and be humble and most of all keep the faith. Keep believing and most of all believe in yourself. I just wish life was as easy as this and that it was basic to practice what I believe in.

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Counting Stars
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 95,430. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Frank Rooney equine vet and gambling addict loving husband sets out on a journey across Ireland's darker side of horseracing with a horse that nobody can ever find out the truth about. Full of twists and turns this story gallops along as Frank and his friends set out to overcome corruption, bribery and murder to win the gold cup which ends in a dramatic race and a final sting by the authorities.

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